Are there programs to help people pay for ADHD medications?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Many public programs, including Medicaid, help some people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) pay for their medications. These services are often targeted to low-income and disabled people.

Most states in the United States have programs for people in need of prescription drug payment assistance. According to the National Resource Center on ADHD, these state-run programs are usually designed to help elderly persons, children, and disabled individuals obtain their prescriptions. These programs are especially beneficial for people who need help but do not qualify for Medicaid.

In addition, some pharmaceutical companies offer assistance to individuals who cannot afford ADHD medicines. Ask your doctor or a social worker for information on these companies. The National Resource Center on ADHD also offers its own benefit program, called the CHADD UNA Discount Prescription Card. This program claims to offer discounts on many prescriptions at national pharmacy chains across the United States.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

ADHD medications (even the generic forms) can be as expensive as your rent or mortgage payment, but fortunately, there are programs that can help you pay for them. Many states have pharmaceutical assistance programs for people who need help paying for expensive prescriptions and health care, but don’t qualify for Medicaid. In addition, some drug makers will help through medication assistance programs or by giving a discount. Ask your pharmacist, your doctor, and your local ADHD organizations about state programs and other organizations that can help you find medication assistance programs in your area. Also, always make sure your doctor is giving you a prescription for the generic form, if it’s available. Generics are much less expensive to begin with.

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